Christine Mollier's Buddhism and Taoism Face to Face: Scripture, Ritual, and PDF

By Christine Mollier

ISBN-10: 0824831691

ISBN-13: 9780824831691

ISBN-10: 0824834119

ISBN-13: 9780824834111

Christine Mollier unearths during this quantity formerly unexplored dimensions of the interplay among Buddhism and Taoism in medieval China. whereas students of chinese language religions have lengthy famous the mutual affects linking the 2 traditions, Mollier the following brings to gentle their severe contest for hegemony within the domain names of scripture and formality. Drawing on a far-reaching research of canonical texts, including manuscript resources from Dunhuang and the monastic libraries of Japan—many of them studied the following for the 1st time—she demonstrates the contest and complementarity of the 2 nice chinese language religions of their quest to deal with own and collective fears of various ills, together with sorcery, famine, and premature dying. during this context, Buddhist apocrypha and Taoist scriptures have been composed via a means of mutual borrowing, yielding parallel texts, Mollier argues, that heavily reflected each other. Life-extending recommendations, astrological observances, talismans, spells, and using effigies and icons to unravel the basic preoccupations of medieval society have been equally included in either religions. in lots of circumstances, consequently, one and an identical physique of fabric are available in either Buddhist and Taoist guises.

Among the exorcistic, prophylactic, and healing ritual tools explored the following intimately are the "Heavenly Kitchens" that furnish divine food to their adepts, incantations that have been promoted to counteract bewitchment, in addition to talismans for reaching toughness and the security of stellar deities. The future of the Jiuku Tianzun, the Taoist bodhisattva whose salvific undertaking and iconography have been modeled on Guanyin (Avalokitesvara), is tested at size. during the case-studies set forth right here, the styles wherein medieval Buddhists and Taoists each one appropriated and remodeled for his or her personal use the rites and scriptures oftheir competitors are printed with exceptional precision.

Buddhism and Taoism head to head is amply illustrated with drawings and diagrams from canonical and manuscript assets, including paintings and artifacts photographed by way of the writer during her box learn in China. subtle in its research, vast in its synthesis of a number of tough fabric, and unique in its interpretations, it is going to be required interpreting for these drawn to East Asian religions and within the historical past of the medieval chinese language sciences, together with astrology, drugs and divination.

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